San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, "Coppelia Ballet (Dance of the Automatons and Waltz)
I've been fighting this record for years to get a decent output. I think I finally have it. Can't do much about the scratch, but I got the instruments out there pretty clear. Who would think that automatons could be so graceful? I think you will like this one. Can't find a date, but it is Gramophone Company (Czechoslovakia) Catalog no. ES 269.
While reading Nolan Porterfield's biography of Jimmie Rodgers, I found an offhand quote from Ralph Peer, that there had been portable Victor recordings of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, but those recordings were not very good. Well, that sure describes this, so off to EDVR, and what do you know, here it is: http://victor.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/1000016922/PCVE-171-Dance_of_the_automatons_and_waltz
1-27-2018: News flash! I dug out my Shure 78 RPM needle, hooked up my Pioneer SX-990, patched in a Radio Shack equalizer, strapped the channels together, and tried again. Check out the New And Improved (maybe) second file and decide.
Here's the flip side. For some reason, it dubbed pretty nicely without years of tweaking: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Caprice Viennois
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